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Crete to China


Gonna ride these bikes until we get home

15,301 km (9,508 miles) over 271 days from February 15, 2011 to November 12, 2011

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Tour diaries, Equipment lists, Expedition touring bikes, 6-12 months, World
Locales: Europe, Greece, Turkey, Middle East, Iran, Asia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Vietnam
Year: 2011

Permalink: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/stan1

Copyright © 2011-2014 By Fred Spengler - (contact)

Status: Completed Dec 2011Featured Journal #481
Last update: Friday February 10, 2012 15:46 (US/Pacific) (edited Fri 10 Feb 2012 15:51 (US/Pacific))
106,252 hits since January 19, 2011 (hitcounts updated nightly)
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Train station with 'him" again


Table of Contents

Sponsors, training, and preparation and gear: Yey right!
Gonna ride these bikes until we get home: Mark Ronson Lyrics
The Visa Run: This gets updated as we get em'
The bikes, gear and us
Hotel Ratings: Beds we liked
Pictures of us, together: Added in Feb 2012
The websites we like and use
Perth to Crete: Beer, bakeries, and strikes

Crete: Hills upon hills

Crete route

Rhodes: The end of Greece

Turkey

Mamaris to Golcuk: Tough Turkey
Golcuk to Kale: Ice, cold, and snow
Kale to Pamukkale: Turk touristville
Pamukkale: Day off
Pamukkale to Dazkiri
Dazkiri to Isparta: "Tamum", enough
Isparta to Gelendost: Frozen jocks
Gelendost to Aksehir: Great day
Aksehir to Camp: Free tea Day
Camp to Temelli: R&R
Temelli to Ankara: The big smoke
Ankara: The visa haul (5 Days)
Ankar to Tuz Lake: Out of the big smoke
Tuz Golu to Balci: The back roads
Balci to Goreme: The knife thrower
Goreme: Sightseeing
Goreme to Talas: Leaving the best campsite
Talas to Malatya: The lift
Malatya to Nemrut Dagi: To the Statues
Nemrut Dagi to Euphrates ferry: Kurd country
Euphrates ferry to Karakeci: Bad decision
Karakeci to Kizeltepe: Mud
Kiziltepe: Mardin daytrip
Kiziltepe to Cigir: Along the border
Cigir to Cizre: Still wet and cold
Cizre to Checkpoint: Army Checkpoints
Checkpoint to Yemisili: Quality counts
Yemisili to Gecemili: Free day
Gecemili to Kebap House: Red Rain
Kebap house to Yuksecova: The poof wants my buff
Turkey Route

Iran

Yuksecova to near Orumiyeh: I Ah Told Yah land
Near Orumiyeh to south of Orumiyeh: Multi Millionaires
South of Orumiyeh to near Mahabad: The big salt lake
Near Mahabad to Bakan
Near Bakan to Takab: 2 days
Takab to Bijar: The wind!!
Bijar to Qorveh: Hail Iran!!
Qorveh to Hamadan: Head down, again
Hamadan: Day off the bikes
Hamadan to Malayer
Malayer to Borujerd: Bus it
Esfahan: Tourists for a few days
Esfahan to Yazd: Caravanserais
Yazd
Mashhad and area: Using up time in Mashhad (7 days)
Mashhad to Mazdavand: The desert
Mazdavand to past Sholoq: The Caravanserai
Past Sholoq to Sarakhs: Iranian movie stars
Iran Route

Turkmenistan

Sarakhs to ??: The big stuff up
?? to Mary: Change of plan
Mary
Mary to Near Uzbek border
Turkmenistan route

Uzbekistan

Near border to Bukhara: Golden smiles
Bukhara
Bukhara to Qoson: The stranger
Qoson to Jakkobog: Mingling with the Uzbek's
Jakkobog to Shahkrisabz
Shahkrisabz: Day off
Shahkrrisabz to Samarkand: A hill!
Samarkand
Samarkand to unknown camp: 2 cyclists!!
Unknown camp to Jambol
Jambol to Tashkent: The big smoke
Tashkent: The last visa stop
Tashkent to Hojakent: To the hills
Hojakent to Birchmulla: Around the water
Birchmulla to Chimgan: Rain
Chimgan to Tashkent
Tashkent: Getting ready for Tajikistan
Tashkent to Boka: A cycling buddy
Uzbekistan route

Tajikistan

Boka to Kurkut: Crossing the border
Kurkut to Shariston: Climbing
Shariston to Ayni: Our 1st real test
Ayni to Iskandarkul: Worth the detour
Iskandarkul to Varzob: The dark place
Varzob to Dushanbe: Downhill to the capital
Dushanbe
Dushanbe to Khoburabot Pass
Khorburabot Pass to Khorog: Along the Afghan border
Khorog to Pamir highway: Up the Shokhdara Valley
Pamir highway to Murghob: The big hills
Murghob to Ulbuluk Pass
Tajikistan Route

Kyrgyzstan

Ulbuluk Pass to past Sary Tash: A short visit to a new country
Near Sary Tash to near border

China

Border to Kashgar
Kashgar: R&R
Lanzhou to Xiahe: The real China
Xiahe to Langmusi: The Grasslands
Langmusi to Tewa (Deiwa)
Tewa to Zhuqgu: On our own again
Longnan to Yaoduzhen: The dusty trail
Yaoduzhen to Langzhong: The heat
Langzhong to Chengdu: And the Noise
Chengdu to Leshan: One big city
Leshan to Meigu: Main road turns to a track
Meigu to Xichang
Xichang to Lugu Lake: Quiet countryside
Lugu Lake: R&R
Lugu Lake to Lijiang: Yunnan Hills
Lijiang: Waiting for our extension
Lijiang to Dali: Another 30 days!
Dali to Kunming: Highway 320
Kunming: Ah, the concrete
Kunming to Xinjie: To the rice terraces
Xinjie to Qiubei: To the next tourist sight
Puzhehei: Day trippers
Puzhehei to Tianlin: Ouch!!
Tianlin to Shoulong: Rain and clouds
Shoulong to Pingxiang: The end of China
China route

Vietnam

Pingxiang to Hanoi: The last country
Hanoi to Dong Hoi: Go, Go, Go
Dong Hoi to Hoi An: History and beaches
Hoi An: Photos of a tourist haunt
Hoi An to Nha Trang: Along the coast
Nha Trang to Dalat: Up the hill to a cooler place
Dalat
Dalat to HCMC: The final sprint, Ugh!!
HCMC: The last city
Vietnam route

Odd stuff

Money matters: Costs and other money stuff


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